Seattle Children's Theatre / Seattle, WA


Please refer to the Program Benefits section for more information

Internship Program Summary: 

The Teaching Artist Internship program is an exciting opportunity to learn how to be a professional teaching artist while gaining hands-on experience in instructing in classrooms for ages 3.5 – 18. This is an unpaid educational internship and is treated as a summer learning program. Over the course of summer camps and classes, our 10 teaching artist interns engage in a rigorous practicum program. Similar to a college class, this cohort will observe classroom instruction, build curriculum, learn about extended care programming, engage with after-work learning assignments and practice teaching while attending professional development meetings with mentors and networking events. Our goal is to ensure individuals finalize their internship feeling confident about what it means to be in the profession of teaching artistry.

About SCT:  

Since its inception in 1975, the Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), has served more than 4 million children for 45 seasons of creative professional theatre and arts education classes for the Puget Sound region, and is one of the most prominent theatre organizations for young audiences in the United States and the world. SCT’s mission is to provide children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works, and theatre education.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assists Teaching Artists with classroom support at SCT and off-site partnership camps.
  • Occasionally assists with Extended Care, before and after day-time class.
  • Supervises students in class, during breaks, and lunch.
  • Communicates student/classroom updates to the Education and Engagement Office.
  • Supports day-to-day classroom administrative tasks.
  • Provides excellent customer service for students and families.
  • Assists staff and faculty to develop curriculum.
  • Participates in weekly, after-class meetings and professional development.
  • Attends orientation training, professional development seminars, and programing in the field.
  • Engages in critical analysis assignments about pedagogical processes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Program Schedule & Syllabus: 

  • Consistent schedule Monday – Friday; hours between 8:00 am – 5:30 pm on site with some late evenings.; Schedules may vary based on class coverage needs and extended care schedule.
  • Mandatory program dates are June 19, 2023 – August 25, 2023; Observed holidays are June 19 and July 4

Learning assignments for program credit:

  1. Curriculum Design Professional Development
  2. Dramatic Connection Workshop Creation
  3. Extended Care Reflection
  4. Teaching Observation Video & Reflection
  5. Teaching Values Statement

Program Benefits 

  • Verifiable in-field experience from one of the most prominent theatres for young audiences in the United States.
  • Program verification for college credit.
  • 300 hours of teaching practicum.
  • Expense reimbursement stipend of $300.00 per week.
  • Free ORCA Passport transportation pass or Seattle Center parking pass.

Candidate Skills and Qualifications: 

  • Emerging professional in higher education institutions as a rising junior, senior, or graduate student.
  • Dedication to theatre education and/or theatre for young audiences.
  • Commitment to social justice work and interest in public health.
  • Familiarity with using Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Word, and Zoom.
  • Strong leadership, communication, organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage and direct multiple tasks concurrently, and provide follow through.
  • Highly organized, strong attention to detail and time management.
  • Patient with young people and customer service.
  • Must be an independent thinker and doer while being a collaborative, effective team player.

Data shows that women and BIPOC candidates more frequently do not apply because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed. Our descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you meet some of the requirements and you share SCT’s values and support our mission, we encourage you to apply. As part of our ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, we’re invested in building teams with a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences.

Physical Requirements & Program Environment: 

  • Enjoy working in a fast paced, non-profit environment.
  • Dog-friendly workplace and can support service animals in-space.
  • Studio and classroom spaces are accessed via stairways; Elevators are available.
  • Clearances/background checks will be conducted.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required; verification needed upon program acceptance.

As we continue to monitor King County’s health and safety standards for COVID-19 the Education and Engagement Department will modify and adapt summer programming to keep staff and students healthy. Any changes will be communicated accordingly.

Housing Information 

SCT does not provide housing for interns. Our administrative team occasionally shares reduced-cost housing leads from the SCT community (like guest bedrooms in our staff or board members’ homes), with candidates nonlocal to the Seattle area depending on availability.

* We do not guarantee housing, and advise cohort members to seek housing independent of SCT’s possible leads.*

Application Procedures  

Applications open from November 18, 2022 until January 1, 2023. All applications are submitted through this link here.